When Republican Scott Walker ran for governor of Wisconsin in 2010, he promised to cut state spending and work towards reducing the state deficit. Walker won the election and was sworn into office on January 3, 2011.
From the day he took office, he started working on campaign promises of reducing the deficit and cutting state spending. Among the areas he saw that could save the state was to restrict the collective bargaining powers of state employees. Unions historically fight for higher wages and more benefits, all of which becomes extremely costly for a state with a deficit budget.
Walker and his GOP allies introduced legislation that would remove or restrict a great deal of the collective bargaining powers of state employees. As you can well imagine, the unions and liberal Democrats, (one in the same, really), launched a statewide drive to defeat the bill, but they were not successful and the bill was passed and signed into law.
The union Democrats filed a lawsuit claiming the bill was unconstitutional. A Dane County judge agreed and struck down the new law. Walker appealed to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court who ruled the bill was legal and overturned the Dane County judge’s decision.
One thing you can say about liberal Democrats is that they don’t give up easily. Since the state high court declared the law constitutional, they launched an effort to recall Gov. Walker and remove him from office. The Dems launched a huge anti-Walker campaign with a number of very nasty attack ads which is a typical ploy for liberals. If you can’t beat them, smear them.
The recall went to a statewide election which Walker won. The majority of the people believed he was doing the right thing and voted to keep him in office. Once again the union Democrats were defeated and had to lick their wounds, but they were still not done fighting.
Another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state law restricting collective bargaining by state employees was filed in Dane County. Dane County encompasses the state capital of Madison and has a population of just under 500,000.
Last Friday, Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law is unconstitutional and he struck it down and once again, the union Dems are dancing in the streets of Madison.
However, Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Gov. Walker, says they are appealing Judge Colas’ decision and are confident that his ruling will be overturned by the State Supreme Court just as it had been the first time. Gov. Walker issued a statement saying:
"The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process."
My first question would be to ask what gives a county judge the authority to overrule the state supreme court? The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has already ruled that the law was constitutional and overturned a ruling to the contrary from one Dane County judge. Therefore, there is no real legal reason that Judge Colas ruled against the state supreme court, leaving the only reason for his decision was a personal political motive and nothing to do with law.
Colas has a history of being a liberal activist and seems to be using his bench position to accomplish what no one else has been able to. If the State Supreme Court again rules the law to be constitutional, Judge Colas should be investigated for ethics violation and making rulings based on personal politics and not on law.
Our system is greatly flawed if one liberal judge can overturn the will of the majority of the people and take legislative powers into his own hands. But liberal judges have been doing that for years.